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    Beginner Top Tips & the Sewing Bee

    I was asked to go on the radio last week to talk about The Great British Sewing Bee. They also wanted to know about my beginner top tips and that got me thinking about all the things I regularly tell…

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    Lost your Sew-Jo?… Take a break

    If you have lost your sew-jo, (that’s sewing mojo) then sometimes the best thing you can do is take a break to find your sew-jo again. I’ve just come back from a full week off work. Probably the first full…

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    30 Reasons why Making Clothes is the Best!

    Making clothes is the best hobby. It can become more than a lifestyle choice, than a hobby. Here are my reasons, can you think of any more? What you wear is completely unique. You can make something that is just…

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    Choosing a Pattern for Your First Project

    Choosing a pattern for your first garment making project can be overwhelming, I’ll help you to decide what to make. So you’ve decided you’d like to give making clothes a go! Amazing! Go for it! It’s a fantastic hobby to…

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    Choosing the Right Fabric – Know your Fabrics

    My students tell me that one of the trickiest things is choosing the right fabric to get the best results in their dressmaking project. It’s hard when there’s such a massive choice of different fabrics out there and many websites…

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    What Sewing Machine Should I Get?

    One of the questions that I get asked most is: What sewing machine should I get? And what I’ve realised over the years is that there isn’t a one size fits all answer. Deciding what sewing machine to buy is…

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    Sewing Bee Challenge – 5 Hour Buffet Dress

    Last week I set myself a Sewing Bee Challenge… to sew a “buffet” dress in less than 5 hours. Inspired by the first episode of the current series of The Great British Sewing Bee on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC1.…

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    Loved Clothes Last! – Fashion Revolution Week 2021

    “Loved clothes last!” is a mantra to live by! But it is also a book written by Fashion Revolution founder Orsolo de Castro. I bought the book when it first came out earlier in the year, but only got around…

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    Spring Sewing Planning 2021 – Dressing to the Max

    The long dark winter has come to an end. The clocks went forward at the weekend, which means that the evenings are lighter longer. And the UK is having a mini 2 day heatwave! My thoughts immediately turn to my…